ISBN 9789988550455
Pages 112
Dimensions 100 x 100 mm
Illustrations CD-Rom
Published 2002
Publisher Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana
Format Hardback

Praise Song for The Land

by Kofi Anyidoho

I want to sing a Praise Song/for The Land/I must Sing a Praise Song/for Our People.'

thus sounds Anyidoho's statement of poetic intent.

Anyidoho draws on Ewe verbal art as a critical source of the culture and philosophical expression of an African community to produce this collection of poetry and song, his first in almost a decade. Published in both print and CD-ROM format, Anyidoho presents his words in printed and spoken form in the firm belief that 'the poetry of print is the domain of the eyewitness, the poetry of sound, the domain of the earwitness...the dominant poetic world of Africa....' It follows that the printed word, 'can no longer carry the full burden of my voice', at least, 'to all the people I call my people'. Kofi Anyidoho is a poet, research scholar of African literature, and a lecturer in English at the University of Ghana. Kofi Awoonor writes a critical introduction describing his poetry as 'the ultimate homage the poet pays to the intimate and elemental force of voice, the first instrument of poetry'.

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Reviews

'All the poems in this collection, from the historical to the political, from the cultural to the philosophical, and from the poet's recount of family and communal relationships to his personal reminiscences, are sheer delight in lyrical precision.'

The Vanguard, Nigeria

'A new collection of poems from Ghanaian poet, Kofi Anyidoho, is always a welcome event, a chance to hear again in the mind's ear a new articulation of the English language as it is teased and woven to express the experience and hope of the peoples of Africa...Praise Song for the Land is a most satisfying volume.'

African Literature Today
About the Author

Kofi Anyidoho

For the distinguished Ghanaian poet, scholar and educator, Kofi Anyidoho, 'poetry is no longer a textual art bound to the written/printed page. It is fully liberated from the distancing effect of print technology.' His direct involvement with the production of poetry as 'full drama' began when the Ghana National Commission on Children, chaired by the well-known dramatist Efua Sutherland, invited me to plan and direct an appropriate literary- dramatic program for children from selected schools in Accra as part of a flag-raising ceremony at the O.A.U Monument in 1984 to mark O.A.U. Day in the Ghanaian capital. From then on, Anyidoho has gone on to produce and perfect a performance mode that is returning written African poetry to its dramatic oral roots.

Kofi Anyidoho has written and performed an impressive number of poems. In addition, he has published extensively on issues related to recent critical debate on African Literature. He teaches at the University of Ghana, Legon.

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